Must-Read Classic Books, As Chosen By Our Readers | Fiction, Novels & MoreThey broke boundaries and challenged conceptions. We asked our readers for their must-reads; from timeless non-fiction to iconic bestsellers, these are their essential recommends. We said: It is a truth universally acknowledged that when most people think of Jane Austen they think of this charming and humorous story of love, difficult families and the tricky task of finding a handsome husband with a good fortune. Scott Fitzgerald. This is Fitzgerald at his most sparkling and devastating. They said: The greatest, most scathing dissection of the hollowness at the heart of the American dream.
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B ooks, books, books. They will give you fuller, thicker hair. Job satisfaction comes and goes, partners enrapture and abscond, but you can always fall back on the timeless ability of literature to transport you to a different world. They simultaneously speak to the heart and mind. They teach you about the history of our world, the possibilities of our future and the fabric of our souls. So where do you start? The power structures at play for centuries have meant that a very narrow band of people have been given the opportunity to say something universal about the human condition.
Jhumpa Lahiri's Pulitzer Prize—winning short story collection will make you feel it all. As ordinary as it all appears, there are times when it is beyond my imagination. Haruki Murakami is an expert storyteller, and this is a great one to start with if you haven't read any of his work yet especially if you're an avid sci-fi fan. It'll no doubt make you fall in love with his style, and lucky for us, he's written a ton of novels. Each tale is thematically unique, but they each fit within the same direct tone and overall feel, and each character is charmingly awkward, offbeat, and quirky while also managing to be totally relatable. Described as both infinitely wise and hilarious by critics, Zadie Smith's novel On Beauty is a must-read. It's about an interracial family living in Wellington, Massachusetts, a college town, whose dynamics and experiences serve as a microcosm into the ways in which the personal and political inevitably overlap.
Well, what makes a classic book? My eight-year-old asked this very question after spending several days with her nose buried in Charlotte's Web. Here's the catch. For me, classic books need to be readable because I'm not studying literature at university these days. There are many important books published decades or even centuries ago that have great significance but I'm not going to recommend them for your reading enjoyment. The prime example is Moby Dick , which I have read and I will never recommend.
Classic Non-Fiction Books (again, in no particular order)
Everyone has a reading lane. There are a lot of classic novels out there, so it's OK if you don't know where to start. These five classics are not only great books, but they also laid the groundwork for current bestsellers and remain some of the most celebrated works of literature ever produced. And, yes, there is a lot of talk about 19th-century whaling that leaves even the most thoughtful reader sometimes wondering when, exactly, Melville plans to get to the fireworks and make something happen. Add to this the immense vocabulary that Melville utilizes—over 17, unique words in the book, some of which are specialized whaling lingo—and "Moby-Dick" is one of the densest novels ever written. Technically, Tolstoy used something similar in " Anna Karenina ," but Joyce perfected the technique with "Ulysses. If that's not enough, here are two more reasons:.